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Thu Feb 6, 2014
Chris Swim answered:
In answer to Stevens question, which is still relevant - Orinda home burglaries do remain a problem. As mentioned by other posters they are predominately, but not limited to, the exit streets from Highway 24 to the north and south. An example would be St. Stephens exit or the Charles Hill area. The Orinda police have decided to take things a little more seriously as of late and call in the CC Sheriffs department for some back-up. In our opinion, with some simple and obvious precautions, (burglar alarm, always locking doors and cars, etc) we should be able to minimize the risk of being a target. Orinda is a wonderful place to live and we enjoy the benefits that the large metropolitan areas around us provide.. but unfortunately, they also bring some crime with it. ... more
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Wed Jan 2, 2013
Todd Scheid answered:
To answer your first question, you can go to this link and enter your address and it is supposed to tell you the fire hazard for that particular spot: . Obviously Orinda is a wooded community with hills, narrow roads which can make it more prone to fires, but the Moraga Orinda Fire District has an excellent reputation. There was a recent fire in a home where the occupants had taken the smoke detectors down to replace the batteries but never re-installed them, not a good idea.

As for the condition of the gas lines, you can track the progress of PG&E on repairing and upgrading the gas lines here:

I have an original Frank Lloyd Wright designed home for sale in Orinda and while it did have a fire in 1995, caused from a space heater, it has not been harmed by any other wild fires since it was built in 1949. So in my opinion, Orinda is just as safe a place to live as most cities when it comes to fire danger.

Oh yeah, one last comment, today happens to be a Spare the Air day so no one is allowed to burn fires at all, so today is actually more safe than most!

I hope this was helpful, let me know if you have any other Real Estate related questions.


Todd Scheid
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Wed Mar 17, 2010
Sylvia Barry, MAS,CIPS,SRES answered:
HI Marin Moving -

I was wondering why there is no Marin Realtor chime in and then saw that you posted the question in Orinda since you already know much about Marin county.

Your question was posted in October, 2009, I wonder if you have alredy bought a house or if you are still looking. If you are still looking, you must know that Soutern Marin's housing price has gone down a lot and you should be able to get a lot more houses than you could before. If you have not seriously looked at around the area, please take another look. I am sure you can find wonderful home with the price range you are in.

Good luck and let me know if I can help you.

Sylvia Barry', ePRO, MAS
Frank Howard Allen Realtors - #1 company in Marin
(415) 717-0293
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Wed Dec 2, 2009
Geri Murphy answered:
You do not need a realtor to find foreclosures or bank-owned homes, there are plenty of websites that offer that information, either for free or for a minimal fee, such as However, it makes a lot of sense to establish a relationship with a realtor in the area who is familiar with REOs (bank-owned) properties and can do the legwork for you. Finding a property is only the beginning - particularly in this market. After the initial negotiations, if you are lucky enough to get into contract, there can be other obstacles to overcome - some that can be quite confounding. The essence of all of this is that it is helpful to have a partner who has been there and who can help guide the way through the forrest, and help you find the way home! It can be a journey, but worth it in the end!
Best of luck,
Geri Murphy, ABR, CRS, GRI
Real Estate Consultant
DRE #10252019
J. Rockcliff Realtors
(510) 610-3963
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Thu Oct 29, 2009
Linda Van Drent answered:
Hello Jane,

Ditto on Shirley's answer. I also think it varies within each town depending on the home's location.
Happy to show you both communities so you can see for yourself.

Thanks for asking!

Linda Van Drent
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Fri Oct 23, 2009
Potentialbuyer answered:
These places are totally overpriced. I gave them my info, and they called me the other day. I think this place will either come to their senses or become a middle aged ghetto. They are opening the first 5-10 lots for sale starting at 700k to over 1MM for land only. They have 18 pre designed homes or you can pick your own builder and make a custom one. Basically...if you use one of their designs the entry level home starts at 2MM....and that is for a 2500 sqft house. They have plans to build up to 6000sqft homes up there. LOL

These people clearly havent looked at what houses in Orinda are selling for these days, but 2MM for 2500sqft house is almost double what they are selling for right now...and that is for a remodeled home...not a fixer. Maybe they could get 2MM for a 2500 sqft house in Marin or the Peninsula, but not in Orinda. They are planning to build 245 2MM ++++ homes there over the next 5 years. The funny thing is they are trying to market to young families. They said 80% young families and 20% empty nesters. I think it will be the other way around or they will have to lower the prices to enter the neighborhood.

It isn't even a gated neighborhood, they aren't planning to put even a grocery store or cafe up there to serve the community, and you have to get on the freeway anytime you need to run an errand since the only way in and out of the place is a freeway exit, which is ridiculous.

Unless they plan to sell 1 house every 6 months if a 2MM starting price point, I really dont feel these developers are in reality yet about Wilder or the type of people who move to the east bay. For could buy a nice place in Tiburon, have better weather, and avoid the traffic.
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Thu Jul 17, 2008
Stefan Birnbaum answered:
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